This year’s Crantock Bale Push – held on September 8 – was a great success! The village was full of people of all ages either taking part in Cornwall’s craziest fund-raiser or supporters cheering on competitors in each and every race.
Over 60 teams of barking mad rollers took part in this year’s event. It’s no mean feat pushing a proper job straw bale – standing 4’6″ and weighing 420lbs – up and down Langurroc Road or the quarter-mile route around the village but for the last 17 years groups of four have signed up to take on the challenge in the fastest time.
The evening starts at 5pm with the children’s races. Using a specially prepared bale, youngsters, as young as four (and four months), get this phenomenal evening of fabulous fun rolling. Whether it be locals and holidaymakers attending to compete or spectate, they can be sure of some off-the-wall (sometimes literally) entertainment, safe in the knowledge that local charities will once again be the true winners of each race.
Spokesman Rick Hopkins said, ‘The sun shone on us as the young ones started the evenings frolics and it continued for most of the evening.’
‘We are all waiting with baited breath for the final accounted figure of money raised this year, as we hope it is enough so that we can say that we have raised the magic £100,000 since it started 17 years ago,’ said Rick Hopkins. ‘But sadly, some bills have not reached us yet, but it will be very close!
‘The main Open Event was another gripping competition between some very fit teams with last year’s winners Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club being pipped at the post by the Cribbers from Newquay and the Crantock Surf Life Saving team being pushed into third place!
‘Once again there was great fight between some very fast ladies in their race, with the Water Wenches ruling the roost this year, beating the much fancied Fairbank Belles and Chicks with Sticks.
The aim this year was raise funds for Crantock Christmas Lights, Cubert School PTA and CLIC Sargent. Plus a few other important donations to others in the area.
‘The final figure raised this year is still being counted, but there is hope that enough has been raised to make the ‘Grand Total’ in the 17 year life of the Crantock Bale Push of more than £100,000. It will be close!’
‘The fun evening continued after the Bale Push as the two village pubs (The Cornishman and Old Albion Inn) had live music and much happening to help the evening roll on!’, said organiser and commentator, Nigel Eustice.
‘We are so grateful for the generosity, help and support, along with goodwill from all in the village and much wider. They give so much support in so many ways,’ continued Nigel.
If you have bought your 2018 diary, turn to the second Friday in September (14th) and write “Crantock BIG Bale Push 5pm”. This is one event everyone should attend/participate in at least once in their lives but beware this fun evening is addictive.